The judges’ table moved back to the left side of the room and they ditched the pit with the stars and pros, allowing them to watch the routines from the Skybox again. We also got a good look at the new band — Ray Chew with about a dozen musicians, as opposed to the more than two dozen with Harold Wheeler’s orchestra. And we saw Season 10 alum Erin Andrews transition from contestant to co-host. She now has Brooke Burke-Charvet’s old gig of talking to people in the Skybox. Why they couldn’t let Brooke do this last season is a mystery, but at least Erin has something to do. And she doesn’t just ask people how they feel. She’s still not as quick as Tom Bergeron with the comebacks, but she was the potential to get there.
We also saw a bit more of the backstage area, in the makeup and waiting areas — giving us glimpses of Stormtroopers preparing to dance! Tom said the judges would be joined by some guest judges later this season. And we know the Switch Up twist is coming, in addition to several new themes, including possibly a Disney Music Night.
So Brooke is out, Erin is in. Harold Wheeler’s band is out, Ray Chew’s band is in. The judges moved. The Celebriquarium returned. What do you think? Are you into the changes? Barely noticed them? It didn’t feel shocking, like the show was brand new and it wasn’t the "old" DWTS anymore. Or maybe it did, to you? Weigh in!